Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Criminal Offences on 18th June 1986.
Mr. Evennett Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what advice has been issued to officials of his Department involved in interviewing those who may be charged with a criminal offence since the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 came into force.
Mr. Major Guidance issued to fraud investigators in the Department reflects those parts of the codes of practice issued under sections 66 and 67 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 which deal with treatment and questioning. This guidance is available on request both to suspects and to members of the public generally: I am placing copies in the Library.
In addition, detailed guidance which takes into account the relevant provisions contained in the Act and the associated codes of practice has been incorporated in the Department’s operational instructions to fraud investigators.